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Mar 07, 2013 - 12 comments

So my S.I.L. is driving me crazy! She keeps asking me if we've started Preston on drinking water. I've never felt the need too because in my opinion he gets plenty of water from his formula.

She knows that we've started Preston on solid foods. So again she asks "have you started him on water?". I tell her no. So then she goes on this rant about how he should have started water before starting solid foods because it's easier to digest. Blah blah blah. She is one of those people that thinks she knows everything about everything. (She's not a doctor.) She's had 1 child. Between my DF and I, we have 5.

I never gave Reilly water before starting solid foods 7 years ago.

My doctor has never mentioned starting water first before solid foods.

Preston drinks approximately 4 x 8oz bottles per day. I think that has decreased very slightly since starting solid foods, but not very much. Honestly, why would a 6 month need more water then that?

I'm curious to know what some of you ladies think about this

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by krichar, Mar 07, 2013
I was told by my pediatrician  and the public health nurse that formula fed babies need more water in summer months when I asked if I should be giving him water... I ended up giving him distilled water at about 2 months old as we were in the Okanagan and it was brutally hot and humid even though I nursed him. I don't think you have to but I would assume a little bit wouldn't hurt. I would for sure do water before juice of any sort... Once they taste juice they'll never drink water...

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by Shannon79, Mar 07, 2013
I haven't even started him on any juice. I don't think I started my older son on any type of juice till around 2 years old. There's just so much sugar in it.

It's still winter here. But the next few days will be spring like. But not hot. So I think for now, it should be okay without the extra water. I will definitely start him with water once the hotter weather starts, cause that will be much better then juice.

Thanks for your input

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by FreshLove, Mar 07, 2013
I didn't give Gabriel water until close to a year, it was always bottles and solids.

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by Shannon79, Mar 07, 2013
That's how it was with my older son too, and he turned out fine

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by melimeli, Mar 07, 2013
never gave mine water or juice until they were in a sippy cup

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by retta483, Mar 07, 2013
I gave my kids a tiny bit of water like 1 oz a day to keep them from getting constipated . my bf babies i diddent really but my formula feed ones I did just a bit . the pedi said that would help with that . if its hot out a little water would be good .

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by Mom2boys1980, Mar 07, 2013
My daughter is almost 9 months and I started giving her baby apple juice 1 oz and 2 oz of water mixed in it. She will probably only drink a few drops and then decides to throw the sippy cup to the floor. EVery baby is different so do what you thinks is best for your baby and don't let family decide for you...

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by Helen72, Mar 07, 2013
I started giving water around 6 months to keep solids moving  :)
Our ped does not recommend any juice.

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by mhv, Mar 07, 2013
I started the twins on water just a couple of weeks ago, but I only give it in a sippy cup, with lunch and dinner.  They are 7 1/2 months.  The only reason I started it was to get them used to using a sippy cup.  I don't think it's necessary though.  Cameron seems to like drinking it, Drake could take it or leave it.
You do what works for you.  

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by sisi2399, Mar 07, 2013
I give Mason water after his lunch and dinner.  He eats baby food (solid) and sometimes he eats some home made food.  Water helps the solids going.  Prevents constipation.  After all it is your son and your desicion. Ask your ped on whats best to do.  Good luck

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by mandaszoo, Mar 07, 2013
I think it all depends on the baby and their needs. If baby is small he/she will be drinking milk on very regular basis and will not require extra hydration but if the baby is on solids boiled water will help digestion and hydration.  If on solids and taking hydration from milk this can leasd to baby getting more calories than they need in order to quench thirst. If i was you and unsure about what to do I would seek profesional advice . Best wishes

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by Shannon79, Mar 08, 2013
I'll check and see what my doctor says next week when we go for Preston's 6 month needles.

It just amuses me that she thinks she knows everything and is trying to tell me how to feed my son.

Thanks ladies for all your input. Muchly appreciated :)

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